Helping Our Clients Navigate LGBTQ+ Divorce
Same-sex marriage has been common in California for many years. Over time, same-sex divorce has also become common. At Kaspar & Lugay, LLP, with offices throughout California, we are experienced in guiding our LGBTQ+ clients through the divorce process.
We protect their interests fully, even in complex custody situations involving surrogates, blended families, and the division of complex assets. No matter what issues you face, we are fully prepared to help you achieve the best possible results and move forward with your life.
California Divorce Laws Were Created With Straight Couples in Mind
While LGBTQ+ divorce is common in California and many gay divorces proceed just like straight divorces, there can be some key differences between the two. The laws that were created for straight couples are now used for LGBTQ+ couples, and this can sometimes create gaps that must be addressed with forceful advocacy.
For example, because many couples were prohibited from marrying for years and years, the spouses were together for decades before officially tying the knot. When couples divorce, California family courts treat them like they have been married only a few years when, in fact, the divorce should be handled more like what it is: the end of a lifetime romance.
This can affect many different issues, from property division to alimony. At Kaspar & Lugay, we handle a full range of divorce matters that affect LGBTQ+ families, including:
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Spousal support/alimony
- Division of assets, including family homes, retirement savings, and more complex assets like businesses
- Domestic violence
Child Custody in LGBTQ+ Divorces
Child custody and visitation can be different too. California child custody laws, originally written for straight couples, can assume that the biological parent is the primary caretaker, even when both parents equally share parenting responsibilities.
It’s important to have an attorney who listens to you and who knows how the law affects LGBTQ+ families. That way, you can ensure your rights are protected.
At Kaspar & Lugay, LLP, we are dedicated to protecting the people who mean the most to you. We advocate forcefully for our clients, doing what it takes within the bounds of the law to protect their interests and their futures.
LGBTQ+ Divorce Questions? Call Kaspar & Lugay, LLP.
At Kaspar & Lugay, LLP, we handle everything in the family law realm, from divorce to spousal support (alimony), child custody and visitation, child support, and property division. No matter what you face, we have the in-depth knowledge and resources to advocate for you.
To talk with one of our attorneys about the legal issues that affect LGBT families, call Kaspar & Lugay, LLP, at 415-650-1322. Our legal support team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also send us a message to get started arranging a confidential consultation.